Freedom Riders Exhibit at the CSI Library


Hillel (The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life) and the Department of the Library were proud to present, Freedom Riders, a traveling exhibit created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the PBS series American Experience.  The exhibit tells the story of a courageous band of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.  Freedom Riders was on display in the Library Rotunda from February 3 – February 25, 2015 in celebration of Black History Month.  It was dedicated in memory of the three young civil rights activists, James Chaney, Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in the struggle for equality.  Goodman, a Queens College student, and Schwerner were members of New York’s Jewish community whose story came to represent a civil rights coalition with a deep and enduring history.

In addition to the exhibition, a series of events were held that examined the importance of this historical era and reflected on its meaning in today’s society.  These events included a viewing of the PBS companion documentary, Freedom Riders, available freely online at:

The Library Archives & Special Collections [1L-216] also hosted a fascinating round table discussion featuring Professor John Arena (Department of Sociology & Anthropology Dept.), Professor Lauren Rogers-Sirin (Psychology Dept.) Professor George Sanchez (Creative & Performing Arts Dept.) and moderated by Donna Scimeca, Coordinator of the Core Program.fr2These programs were co-sponsored by the Departments of Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, and History, and the CORE and Mental Health Counseling Programs.


A highlight of the month’s events was a segment about the exhibit by NY1 News.  The video is available online at:  Also available is an online version of the exhibit and related content, which can be viewed at the following link:

-Amy F. Stempler, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Library Instruction

CSI Library Accepts Donation from the late Professor Kathryn Talarico

In  fall 2014, the CSI Library received an extensive donation of 1,286 books made on behalf of the late Professor Kathryn Talarico who passed away from a battle with cancer on August 16 2014.

Professor Kathryn Talarico, former Chair of the Department of Modern Languages (now World Languages and Literatures) at the College of Staten Island, was a scholar of Medieval French. Professor Talarico began her career with the College of Staten Island in 1991 and retired in 2013. The Department of World Language and Literatures, which she chaired for 15 years, created the Kathryn Talarico French Studies Award to provide financial assistance to CSI students who study abroad in France.

Professor Talarico’s personal library collection mostly contains works of Medieval History, Art, French literature, language learning, and dictionaries. Of the 1,286 books, 554 so far have been cataloged into our library’s collection. We have added books in both the English and French languages.  Some notable authors added include Aristotle, Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo, and Lancelot.

Below is a list of some popular titles we received.

The early liturgy to the time of Gregory the Great- BV185 .J813
Literary ideas in 18th century France and England- PQ261 .G75 1966
Two lives of Charlemagne- DC73.32 .T45 1969
The cooking of Vienna’s Empire- TX721 .W4 1974
Illuminated books of the Middle Ages- ND2920 .C28 1983
The Lady as a Saint: A collection of French hagiographic romances of the Thirteenth Century-
PQ1302 .E5 L26 1993
Women, Family, and Society in Medieval Europe: historical essays, 1978-1991- HQ1147 .E85 H47 1995
Medieval French Literature: An introduction- PQ151 .Z5313 1995
Gendering the master narrative: Women and power in the Middle Ages- HQ1143 .G46 2003
French Grammar the easy way- PC2112 .C43 2004

A simple keyword search of Kathryn Talarico’s name in the library’s catalog will retrieve the complete list of books added from the family’s donation.

Information obtained about Professor Talarico’s career was found in the following and

Stephanie Fazio, College Assistant
Technical Services Assistant, Cataloguing Unit

Greetings from the Chief Librarian

Good Day and Happy Fall!wilma_jones

Thanks for reading and I promise you that your curiosity will not be disappointed.  There is much to report in this newsletter and I am torn between what exciting news to report first.  But here goes…

During this past agreeable and moderate summer, the first and second floors of the Library received a face lift with new wall-to-wall carpet. “Prairie Grass,” the name of the carpet, won by a landslide choice of library faculty staff and work-study students. “Prairie Grass” has dramatically changed and brightened up the library environment in particular the reading room.  I am pleased to report that everyone who has seen it has expressed a delight at the new landscape.  So please drop in and be dazzled by the carpet.

This issue includes some new and exciting features to enhance your research as well as information about past and upcoming programs. Among the articles includes the introduction to  CUNY’s OneSearch, the Google-like gateway to searching CUNY libraries’ materials in one fell swoop.  Indeed, for the  amateur searcher, this is the ideal where books, DVDs, and articles all turn up in the results of a search.  For the intermediate and expert searcher, forget this and please go directly to your specific database, e.g.  PsycINFO, ACS, Science Direct, or Lexis-Nexis.  Kudos to our Prof. Mark Aaron Polger, whose title for this new search engine was selected out of the hat of five finalists.

The CUNY Financial Initiative bestowed upon us yet again with additional funding for textbooks to support the undergraduate curriculum. I am happy to say that most titles (updated editions and or new) were acquired and all in by the first week of classes.  We have seen already observed a marked increase in the use of textbooks on reserve this semester.   Upon analyzing book costs, the Circulation/Reserves unit reported that the average cost of the top 25 titles used was $199, according to the   2013/14 annual report.

As always, I invite you to stop by one or two of our programs this semester.  We have a wealth of interesting programs scheduled, including a round table discussion on the impact of the Verrazano Bridge as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.  We also have some should-not-be-missed workshops scheduled for both students and faculty lined up for this semester and next semester.  At the most recent program, “Publishing Your First Book,” we had a packed room full of students and faculty at which Professors Jessica Burke, Jean Halley, Michael Paris, and Mark White shared many lesson learned and useful insights into the world of publishing.  You can read what I took away from the event in the article “Highlights from “Publishing Your First Book.”

I hasten to mention that as I write, the Ebola virus outbreak is first and foremost on most everyone’s mind.  In my lifetime, this is the first ever disease to spread globally and I truly hope that collaborative efforts of governments and medical institutions, something can be done to reduce the spread and hopefully eradicate the disease.  In the tradition of our providing information to sources, here is a list of some reputable organizations who are providing assistance to healthcare workers and victims, here and abroad, as they go through this new and difficult experience:

Africare –

AmeriCares –

Childfund –

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention –

Doctors Without Borders –

Episcopal Relief –

Global Giving –

International Medical Corps –

International Rescue Committee –

Lutheran World Relief –

Oxfam America –


IMG_8769I will end by sharing a photo with you of an unexpected surprise visitor to the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.  We were honored with the visit from the charismatic journalist Geraldo Rivera, who was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of the newly formed Department of Social Work in  May 2014.  Mr. Rivera was extremely pleased to see and learn of the breath and depth of our collection with regards to the Willowbrook State School.  He was also pleasantly delighted to see the current exhibit in the gallery that featured the history of the Willowbrook state School.  This exhibit had been installed on the heels of the annual Willowbrook Symposium of which the Library co-sponsored. While this was not a planned visit, it was a gratifying feeling to see Mr Rivera and his entourage admire and acknowledge the educational role the Library has played and continues to do so in preserving the history of Willowbrook.  Standing next to Mr. Rivera is myself and Dr. Michael Kress, Vice President for Information Technology and Economic Development, and the Executive Director of the CUNY High Performance Computing Center.

Here’s wishing you a productive and successful fall semester.


Wilma P.L. Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & Chief Librarian

Meet Professor Anne Hays, Evening and Weekend Instruction Librarian

Anne.HaysMeet Professor Anne Hays, Evening & Weekend Instruction Librarian.

Anne Hays is our newest full time librarian, and so it makes perfect sense that you may want to know a little more about her. Anne was born in Miami, Florida, but “grew up” in many cities: Fairfields, Connecticut; Palm Beach, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Northampton, Massachusetts; London, UK; Boston, Massachusetts; and Seattle, Washington. However, she has now lived in Brooklyn, New York, for 11 years and has no plans to leave.

Anne also has many academic interests and hobbies. After studying English Literature and Studio Art at Smith College, Anne decided to go off the beaten path by accepting a job as a portrait photographer in Seattle. When tickling babies with a feather duster and corralling families into group poses proved taxing she decided to shift gears by moving to NYC to get a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence. While there, she got a job as Assistant Literary Agent at the Melanie Jackson Agency, where she worked with prominent writers whose names she can’t reveal. Around that time she founded a literary journal, Storyscape Journal, whose mission statement is to collect stories in all forms and formats, but also to interrogate the concept of literary genres. The journal categorizes stories by Truth, Untruth, or We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us. Anne has long been fascinated by the human desire to categorize everything we come into contact with, and how does it change our reading of any new item we encounter when the categories overlap, or change, or simply don’t work? When David Shields published Reality Hunger: a Manifesto (2011),  Anne felt like the writer had transcribed the contents of her brain in print.

And so while publishing was a fun career, librarianship is clearly the perfect job for someone obsessed with categories and organization models.  She received her MLIS degree at Queens College (CUNY) and started working in libraries: Queens College Library, Cooper Union Library, and Teachers College Library. While completing her Masters in Library Science, Anne deepened her other obsession, which is print culture and book history. She’s fascinated by print models and formats: digital or print publishing; blogs, and their influence over news media and journalism; the rise of print on demand and self-publishing; open access publishing models; and intentionally Lo-Fi handmade print publications like art books, chapbooks, and zines. It is this aspect of librarianship Anne finds most fascinating: why do students read E-Books and how do they interact with them? What would truly multi-media digital books look like, and how could they be used for education? What role could counter-cultural print publications have in the academic sphere? Anne has been a panelist and moderator on the topic of print media and zine culture at a few conferences: the 2013 CUNY Chapbook Festival, the 2014 Brooklyn Zine Fest, the2014 Teachers College Education Program series, and was a featured speaker in the Quinnipiac University’s Creative Writing Series.

While Anne enjoys public speaking at events, she also enjoys teaching classes, and has taught information literacy workshops at Queens College, Teachers College, and now here at College of Staten Island. She also formerly taught critical reading and writing classes at Parsons School of Design. Because she enjoys working directly with students on their research interests and academic pursuits, she is thrilled to be joining the faculty here at the CSI Library as an Evening and Weekend Instructional Librarian. If you are a student or professor here who wishes they knew more about finding the best resources, don’t worry, there’s a Science to it.

Contact Anne at


Introducing CUNY OneSearch: A Single Gateway to Academic Resources

CUNY libraries have purchased a new library tool that will change how you perform searches across library collections at the College of Staten Island and other CUNY libraries. We have named it OneSearch and as the name suggests, it searches across the entire CUNY catalog, most databases, e-books, e-journals, and other digital collections. OneSearch provides a “one stop” search that saves you time and provides relevant results from different print and online resources. 1

So, what can you expect from this new search tool? First, CUNY loaded over 6 million catalog records this past summer so library patrons can find the most information, powered by a centralized and comprehensive index.

In OneSearch, you will be searching a wide range of information resources at the same time, exposing the full scope of our library and other CUNY collections hence discovering library resources that you might not be aware of.  There are also other features, such as requesting an item via Interlibrary Loan or checking your library account right from the interface.


Through the OneSearch account, you can also save queries to the e-shelf to be rerun later. When performing a search, a relevancy-ranked results list is produced that will show current catalog status, location, and call number right in the search results. When available, it will also indicate availability in multiple formats and link directly to full-text in a preview window that shows within the results list.

The library added the feature ScholarRank, which will prompt scholar to log their background information into their account to retrieve these more relevant research results. In particular, search results will start reflecting the scholar’s interest in specific materials and highlight items that are of greater value to a researcher through a ranked score.


OneSearch generates quick results that can be further limited such as resource type, subject, collections, creator, journal type, and by Library of Congress classification.  When performing a search across all CUNY libraries, there are limits that will further break down the results by what is held by each CUNY library.

The library where the item is located will be notated in the results list. The benefits of this search tool are evident as a great starting point for any research.


We look forward to you discovering more of our library’s collections with  CUNY’s OneSearch!

-Kerry A. Falloon, Assistant Professor & Acquisitions Librarian